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Employee Charged With Fatally Stabbing CEO

May 17, 2006

CHICAGO (AP) _ An employee who received a bad performance review was charged with fatally stabbing the president of a construction company, authorities said.

Gary Poter, president and CEO of Poter Construction and Development, was stabbed Tuesday with a kitchen knife at his office, police said.

Tom Tuduj, an appraiser and bidder for the company who received a bad review Monday, was charged with first-degree murder, police Cmdr. Dean Andrews said.

The pair struggled before Poter, 48, was overcome, Andrews said. A man who tried to intervene was stabbed in the hand.

Dae Kim, who works in the same building, said he ran into Poter’s office after hearing a commotion. He saw two people holding a man against a wall and another man lying in front of a desk with blood coming from a chest wound.

Kim said he helped others restrain the man until police arrived. ``He didn’t say a word,″ Kim said.

Tuduj, 33, was in custody and scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, police said. It was not clear whether he had an attorney.

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